Nicholls rides his way up to top of his class
DEVON BMX rider Jason Nicholls was crowned the new British champion in the 35-39 male cruiser class at the British BMX Racing Championships at Broadway House, Cheddar, on September 15 to 16.
More than 1,000 riders from across the country were competing at the event, producing some exhilarating racing.
Riding for Newton Abbot BMX shop Green Machine and Kuwahara Bikes Factory team, Tiverton-based Nicholls was not the only rider to score a notable success, as a host of other Devon BMX riders secured fine results.
Michael Smart finished second in the 25-29 male class, while Exeter riders Louise Beck finished a strong fourth in the 7-8 girls.
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Unfortunately, Ellie Skinner crashed heavily having made it through the heats to the final of the championship women.
Chelsea Wallace finished seventh in the 13-14 girls category, while Newton Abbot rider Tom Novis came home in eighth in the 14-year-old boys group.
Benji Armitage, also from Newton Abbot, only just missed out on the final in the 13-year-old boys category.
Luck was also not on the side of Tiverton rider Bethan Hallett and Exeter rider Lauryn Beck who both narrowly missed out on their finals.
The competition comes towards the end of the racing calendar in which riders have competed in both regional and national events.
All riders have consistently been making the finals of the main events, managing a string of national victories in the process.
With only the South West Championships to go, the team are already looking forward to next year's series.
There are several tracks with regular club nights in the region as more people look to take up the sport.
Both Matt and Brian at Green Machine (www.greenmachinebmx.com) would be happy to offer advice and information to anyone wishing to be involved